How to Make A Bad Land Use Plan

Share with othersTweet 1) At the outset, survey residents. 2) Report that a majority of residents want to restore the small scale and low  key beach town that was lost in the commercial building frenzy; which began in the 1980s and has not abated. 3) Call the report “Emerging Themes,” publish it, and ignore it. 4) Hire a regiment of uber consultants, including a traffic expert    from San Francisco. 5) Rig “community workshops.” 6) Make “intensified... Read More

Whither…Whatever

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches AM clouds, PM sun Highs: 66-69; Lows: 57-61 Inland AM clouds, PM sun Highs:72 – 87 ; Lows: 56-60 Deserts Clear, sunny, and hot Highs: 101-108; Lows: 70-76 And Santa Monica… Happy summer, ladies and gentlemen!  I wish I had something more exciting to share with you, but unfortunately, it’s the same old boring weather news.  With the arrival of summer comes the traditional morning clouds and afternoon sun.  It... Read More

California Incline Up and Downdate

Share with othersTweet By George  Wolfberg, President, Santa Monica Canyon Civic Association The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the California Incline is scheduled for circulation within the next month or so. We are currently working with Caltrans, reviewing the document prior to circulation.  During the circulation of the DEIR, the City will conduct public meetings on the DEIR.  The best way to stay on top of the project developments and DEIR circulation is through... Read More

Our Schools Have a Problem Money Won’t Fix

Share with othersTweet A letter By Jean Sedillos published on Surf Santa Monica “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive.” –Sir Walter Scott, 1808 March 29, 2010 –Since my oldest daughter started kindergarten in 1977, I have volunteered in probably 50 capacities (Stairway of the Stars, parcel tax and bond committees, PTAs, and Band Parents among them) for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. For the past 12 years I have chaired... Read More

Whither…sameness

Share with othersTweet By Ava Tramer Beaches Mostly sunny Highs: 65-67; Lows: 57-60 Inland Partly cloudy Highs: 80-88; Lows: 55-60 Deserts Clear and hot Highs: 94-103; Lows: 67-77 And Santa Monica… I hate to be a bore, but if you look out the door, You’ll see that it’s all one and the same. I could say something more, but it’d just be lore, So here’s the deal for this week: Morning clouds and then sun, morning clouds and then sun, Again and again... Read More

Hello, Can you help?

Share with othersTweet I live in Ocean Park in Santa Monica. The airplane noise has dramatically increased in recent months. When I decided to investigate what was up I was relieved to find an involved and concerned neighborhood. Last night I went to an airport commission meeting and I learned…the community cares and showed up in good numbers. The overwhelming obvious problem is the FAA arrogance. The FAA is not requesting or taking input from the community they are impacting.... Read More

FAA Rules!

Share with othersTweet An email exchange between former Airport Commissioner Susan Hartley and Santa Monica Airport Director Bob Trimborn; TRIMBORN: Use of the nation’s airspace is regulated by the federal government through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The City of Santa Monica does not control air traffic operations at Santa Monica Airport – that falls within the purview of the FAA.}Federal Air Regulation (FAR) Part 91.119 applies to all aircraft operating at... Read More